Google provides a very detailed apology to those with privacy concerns.

Google’s April Fool’s joke this year was the new Google Autopilot link in Gmail.  I captured a PDF of the page to save it for posterity.  Check it out.

Google Latitude allows you to track where your friends are on your phone (or computer) using Google Maps.  This is great for finding out where your friends are in relation to you pretty much at all times.  And when you don’t feel like being social, you can get a little “latitude” by turning off sharing your location.  It works with the GPS and non-GPS enabled phones using Google’s funky cell tower range approximation method.  Check it out!

New M-Lab tools were released by Google to “test your Internet connection” or more specifically, to test your ISP.  One of the tools called Glasnost will test to see if your ISP is blocking or throttling BitTorrent traffic.  A couple of tools are still being developed and one of them will test to see if your ISP is prioritizing packets.  It will be a Net Neutrality test if you will.  You may find these helpful if you are into that sort of thing.

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It’s official, people do not trust Google anymore.  Google is no longer on the list of the 20 most trusted companies due to privacy concerns.  Facebook made the list after completely retooling their website to allow users more control of their profiles over the last year.

Google applications are “free” bacause they collect an ungodly amount of information about you by default.  Hey, I understand that and use their applications extensively; GMail, Google Maps, Search.  But I have gone deep into these applications to disable the most offensive tracking, most people haven’t.

I don’t think that Google is losing any sleep over not being trusted by the general public, since they still think they are going to take over the world.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a Google electric car was in the works right now.  But they probably still need to figure out how the car will report your real time telemetry and location via WiMax.